GU Canal, Leicester to Wigston
Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary
This stretch of the canal can be reached in the north via Everards Meadow, just off Soar Valley Way. To the east access is from Little Glen Road in Glen Parva.
Total species seen at this site: 80
The main route of the Grand Union Canal, built between 1793 and 1814, is from London to Birmingham but it has several 'arms' including that which runs to Leicester and beyond into Nottinghamshire. This is a navigable route and has a public footpath (towpath) along the full length. As with most canals, the shallow water (typically around 1.2m) and shallower edges provides good habitat for emergent aquatic vegetation, which in turn supports a wide range of invertebrates.
Through Leicester the canal and River Soar intertwine, merging in some parts, but from this section southwards the canal is separate.
The White-legged Damselfly can be found along this stretch. Kingfisher and Grass Snake have also been recorded.
- Grand Union Canal Conservation Area
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Flowering-rush||Butomus umbellatus||30/06/2019||Uta Hamzaoui|
|Mind-your-own-business||Soleirolia soleirolii||16/12/2018||David Gould|
|Elm agg.||Ulmus agg.||30/11/2018||David Gould|
|Grass Snake||Natrix natrix||03/06/2018||Nathan Adams|
|Kingfisher||Alcedo atthis||26/11/2017||David Gould|
|Grey Heron||Ardea cinerea||26/11/2017||David Gould|
|Common Reed||Phragmites australis||24/09/2017||David Gould|
|Russian-vine||Fallopia baldschuanica||24/09/2017||David Gould|
|Snowberry||Symphoricarpos albus||24/09/2017||David Gould|
|Herb-Robert||Geranium robertianum||24/09/2017||David Gould|
|Common Chickweed||Stellaria media||24/09/2017||David Gould|
|Nursery Web Spider||Pisaura mirabilis||24/09/2017||David Gould|
|Japanese Honeysuckle||Lonicera japonica||24/09/2017||David Gould|
|Red Clover||Trifolium pratense||24/09/2017||David Gould|
|White Campion||Silene latifolia||24/09/2017||David Gould|